How to Dissolve Hair in a Bathroom Sink Trap

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Hair in the sink causes stubborn clogs.
Hair in the sink causes stubborn clogs. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

If you wash your long hair in the sink, the strands accumulate in the drain, eventually causing a clog. Because sink traps tend to have narrow openings and hair tends to tangle around plumbing fixtures, it is difficult to remove by hand. You can effectively clear your sink with a commercial foaming drain cleaner containing bleach and acids that dissolve hair. If you prefer not to pour chemicals down your sink, you can dissolve hair naturally with baking soda, vinegar and washing soda.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Wet vacuum
  • Foaming drain cleaner
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Washing soda

Dissolving Hair with Commercial Drain Cleaners

Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from chemical burns.

Suck out any liquid in the sink with a wet vacuum. This allows you to apply drain cleaner closer to the clog.

Pour foaming drain cleaner down the clogged sink drain according to the directions on the package. The cleaner will dissolve the hair in your sink trap, allowing water to flow through.

Dissolving Hair with Vinegar

Suck out any liquid in the sink with a wet vacuum. This allows you to apply drain cleaner closer to the clog.

Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain. Follow with 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar. The bubbling action will dissolve the clog.

Run warm water from the faucet to rinse out the drain. If the clog persists, you will need to use washing soda.

Pour 1 cup of washing soda down the drain and let it sit for five minutes. Repeat the above steps to attempt to clear the drain again.

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